Definition of width in US English:



  • 1The measurement or extent of something from side to side.

    ‘the yard was about seven feet in width’
    ‘the shoe comes in a variety of widths’
    • ‘New York is set up as a strong grid system, with blocks being equal in width and length throughout most of the city.’
    • ‘One stone approximately a foot in width and length and half a foot in height was thrown to the opposite side of the road around 20 metres away.’
    • ‘The palace is a façade, which is fifty feet in height and a mere one-foot in width.’
    • ‘It is the only reserve in Bulgaria covering seawater territory - 8km in length and 500m in width.’
    • ‘A circular medallion, a finger's length in width, hung from a small gold chain around his neck.’
    • ‘Mr Haggarty said it was hoped to expand the room, which is located on the ground floor of the hotel, by about 4ft in width and 8ft in length.’
    • ‘The ceiling was high but the tunnel-like place was narrow, perhaps four feet in width.’
    • ‘The stadium was four soccer fields in length and five in width and the stadiums were packed with people of all ages and races, cheering on a school.’
    • ‘We have a small landmass, about 300 miles in length and 150 in width.’
    • ‘Ditches are often absent, or only dug on one side, while metalling varies in width, depth and design.’
    • ‘Davidson's current collection of bracelets, chokers and belts are made of black or reddish-brown strips of leather varying in width.’
    • ‘We walked a bit further until the huts started to get a bit larger in width and height.’
    • ‘The weights room was gutted and has been extended in width and length.’
    • ‘Veins can range in width from microscopic dimensions to many metres.’
    • ‘The English spread collar is medium in width and has flared points.’
    • ‘Typical blocks were fabricated to measurements of three feet in length and 1.5 feet in width and height.’
    • ‘Each floor offers ample space for individual designs, consisting of a long, open space of about 30m in length and 10m in width.’
    • ‘The Backbone was a half-mile of barren limestone only fifty feet in width with nearly vertical sides and a few boulders and a few clumps of pines dotting its top.’
    • ‘However, a reduction in width reduces the cargo capacity and side slope operation.’
    • ‘Cubic measurements take all three dimensions into consideration - width, length and height.’
    wideness, breadth, broadness, thickness, spread, span, diameter, girth
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    1. 1.1 A piece of something at its full extent from side to side.
      ‘a single width of hardboard’
      • ‘The wall was twelve barrel widths in length, so when my grenade went off, two columns of the drums went flying in all directions.’
      • ‘If two countries use a different width of railway track, then goods and people travelling between them have to stop and change trains.’
    2. 1.2 The sideways extent of a swimming pool as a measure of the distance swum.
      • ‘Nswam rarely, got in one side, swam a width and got out.’
      • ‘None of them could see the lady and her foam baton, who, it transpired wasn't even swimming her widths.’
      • ‘Each child swam as many widths as they could during ten minutes set aside from a swimming lesson.’
      • ‘The interval cited is how long she has to swim the width, then rest before doing another.’
    3. 1.3 The quality of covering or accepting a broad range of things; scope.
      ‘the width of experience required for these positions’
      • ‘So, too, to some extent, given the width of their catchment areas, were the great Welsh clubs.’
      • ‘The width of this range represents a measure of the degree of consensus about the forecast.’
      • ‘Undoubtedly, critics will once again struggle to find adequate adjectives and metaphors to describe the width and breadth of their unique sound.’
      range, breadth, compass, scope, span, scale, sweep, extent, extensiveness, vastness, immensity, immenseness, expansiveness, comprehensiveness, compendiousness
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Early 17th century: from wide + -th, on the pattern of breadth (replacing wideness).